Breaking: Time Inc. Names Kelly Managing Editor

He was rumored to be out, but they pulled him back in.

Time magazine managing editor Jim Kelly was named managing editor of Time Inc., a new position, by Time Inc. editor John Huey today. Per the release:

JIM KELLY PROMOTED TO MANAGING EDITOR, TIME INC.

(New York, May 16, 2006) — Jim Kelly has been promoted to the newly created position of Managing Editor of Time Inc., it was announced today by John Huey, Editor-in-Chief of Time Inc. The appointment is effective on June 15.

In his new position, Kelly will work on a wide variety of areas concentrating on standards, practices and ethics. Additionally he will work closely with Huey on proactive policymaking, pre-publication vetting of controversial stories and recruitment of outside editorial talent. Kelly will be located on the 34th floor of Time Inc.’s midtown headquarters. Huey said that Kelly’s successor as Time’s Managing Editor will be named before the end of the week.

The full release:


For Immediate Release

JIM KELLY PROMOTED TO MANAGING EDITOR, TIME INC.

(New York, May 16, 2006) — Jim Kelly has been promoted to the newly created position of Managing Editor of Time Inc., it was announced today by John Huey, Editor-in-Chief of Time Inc. The appointment is effective on June 15.

In his new position, Kelly will work on a wide variety of areas concentrating on standards, practices and ethics. Additionally he will work closely with Huey on proactive policymaking, pre-publication vetting of controversial stories and recruitment of outside editorial talent. Kelly will be located on the 34th floor of Time Inc.’s midtown headquarters. Huey said that Kelly’s successor as Time’s Managing Editor will be named before the end of the week.

Kelly (52) was most recently Managing Editor of Time, a position he has held for nearly six years. He has spent a total of 28 years at the magazine starting as a writer in the Nation section. He also served as foreign editor during Gulf War I and the fall of the Soviet Union, and became Deputy Managing Editor in 1996. Time is one of the world’s largest magazines, with nearly 29 million readers worldwide. Time.com, the magazine’s website, draws 3.1 million unique visitors a month, up 33% from last year. Kelly was the 15th managing editor since Henry R. Luce and Briton Hadden founded the magazine in 1923.

In making the announcement, Huey said, “In his 5 1/2 years as managing editor of Time, he has demonstrated flawless judgment, a fierce intellect and a deep knowledge of how journalism works. I believe Time Inc. needs someone of his stature and expertise working closely with me and Executive Editors Scott Mowbray and Sheryl Tucker.”

The son of a New York City policeman and a college librarian assistant, Kelly attended Regis High School in Manhattan and Princeton University, where he majored in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He currently serves on the Board of Visitors of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Kelly is married to Lisa Henricksson and they have one son.

Time Inc. is the world’s leading magazine publisher, with more than 150 titles that are read more than 300 million times worldwide on a monthly basis and account for nearly a quarter of the total advertising revenues of U.S. consumer magazines.

Time Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Time Warner Inc., a leading media and entertainment company, whose businesses include interactive services, cable systems, filmed entertainment, television networks and publishing.

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